James Maurici was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 1996. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2013. He practices in planning; environmental law; and public law.


James' planning practice encompasses all aspects of planning both at inquiries and hearings and in the Higher Courts. He has promoted a number of CPOs. He has appeared in numerous cases before the European Courts in Luxembourg and has appeared regularly before the UNECE Aarhus Compliance Committee in Geneva.


His recent high-profile planning cases include acting for the Government in R. (Shirley) v SSCLG [2017] EWHC 2306 (Admin) on the interpretation of the Air Quality Directive and which is on appeal to the Court of Appeal; R (RSPB) v Secretary of State for Justice [2017] 5 Costs L.O. 691 on the challenge to the revised Aarhus costs rules and the airports strike out case Hillingdon LBC v SST [2017] 1 W.L.R. 2166. He is currently acting for the Department of Transport defending the six judicial review challenges brought against the Airports NPS. James recently appeared at a 5 week recovered appeal for a sustainable new settlements of up to 2068 homes on the former Wisley Airfield in Guildford.


James chairs the Planning Steering Group at Landmark Chambers.



James Maurici QC

Landmark Chambers